Alfa Romeo returns to its former glory

After two bad seasons in Formula 1, Alfa Romeo is out of the dark.

He scored 21 points in 2020 and 2021, finishing eighth out of 10 teams in the Constructors’ Championship two years ago and finishing ninth last season.

After the fourth race of this year, he has already exceeded that number.

“It’s good for us,” said Frederick Wasser, the team’s director. “We are moving in the right direction and improving our activities.

“At one point we will probably struggle with development and budget, but we have to score points when they are on the table and so far, we have done quite well.”

The team, which was born in late 2017 from an alliance with Sauber, has a prestigious name dating back to Formula One in 1950, when it ranked first three in the drivers’ championship, but it is one of the smallest in the network. With 500 men.

While the teams are working on a budget of $ 140 million this season, Alfa Romeo has to carefully manage its finances, despite the interest of new partners, after a good start.

“We are making tremendous progress in terms of sponsors; “We receive letters every Sunday,” Wasser said. “But we will have to stop developing sooner than some of the other teams we knew before the season started.”

The introduction of new aerodynamic regulations this season, designed to make cars more competitive, has led to improved team results.

Another was the arrival of driver Walter Botas from Mercedes. He scored 38 out of 39 points for the team.

“Since the start of the season he has done a great job,” Wasser said. Its cost to the team is much higher than what it does inside the car.

“At the factory, he always thinks about the team and not about himself.

Wasser knew that moving away from Mercedes, where Botas had been Lewis Hamilton’s teammate for five years, was right.

“We have been friends for 15 years,” he said. “I do not want to criticize Mercedes, because they are champions of eight-time designers, but it has always been in the shadow of Lewis.

“I was sure the team leader would be a different guy and he looks in that direction.”

Botas said he was having fun at Alfa Romeo. “Since we started the season with points in the first race, what I really enjoyed is the progress we have been able to make together as a team,” he said.

“We will not really come back and that is the motivation for us to keep going. I really, really enjoy traveling. “

After scoring in his debut in Bahrain, his teammate Zhou Guaniu was unlucky.

In the next two races in Saudi Arabia and Australia, Joe finished 11th before crashing into the opening lap of the Sprint race, which laid the groundwork for the Immola Grand Prix and left Miami due to a water leak.

“At the beginning of the season, this bad luck is not bad,” said Joe, who has a one-year contract. “It’s just a matter of turning everything around in the middle of the season and at the end of the season when it’s most important.”

A statement on whether the Alfa Romeo-Sauber alliance would continue is expected in July, but Wasser said both sides were “mostly satisfied with the situation so far.”

“The TV coverage of the team is twice as much as last year, the results are improving, the image of the team is improving and maybe we are starting something,” he said.

Michael Andrett, a former racing car driver, was close to buying the team late last year before it collapsed.

“We have made decent progress over the last few years, but not to sell something, but to improve the team that we have done,” Vassor said.

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